I read a post where someone used,or was gonna use a dodge dakota steering gear-box on their jeep(not sure if it was a wrangler or what) but how hard would it be to get one to bolt up and hook up the power steering lines?
A 98-99 Dodge Durango 4x4,V8 steering box is a direct bolt in. If you can find a Durango steering box p/n listed for a Durango with the snow plow option, it will give a slight amount of additional turns lock-to-lock which will reduce steering effort and make it feel more like the TJ's steering. The standard Durango box provides a bit quicker steering than the TJ's does. The Durango steering box has a larger piston so it provides slightly more power for bigger tires.
As for getting one...Napa....If I can remember the part # I'll post it later.
The piston and the size of the box is larger (making is slightly stonger) and better for larger tires. The strongest option is the the one for a durango with the snowplow option. The box is again slightly stronger than the standard durango box and has I good gearing in it making it easier to turn than the TJ box.
I have one in my Jeep. Durango box that is... I love it. First time I drove it I could not believe the difference. When I turn now it feels like there is no load, as if the front end is jacked up! Very smooth and more accurate than the stock box was. I am on 33" tires.
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
4.0L / 5spd
Did the swap today. Seems more effortless when turning, but also seems like you have to turn the wheel more, like an extra 1/4 turn of the steering wheel, for the same amount of turn. Is that the turn to lock ratio that makes the difference? I think I just have to get used to it. Any other thoughts out there?
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